When planning a visit to Victoria or any destination travellers often look at the best time of year for that trip. Visitors planning to take in sites and local attractions will be pleasantly surprised to find the city has lots to offer all year round. The best time for you vacation will depend on whether boat rides, whale watching or skiing are your list of activities. Personal preferences aside generally March to May and September to November have the best weather, temperatures and the festival season which occur mainly throughout the summer months. Read on to help decide on the best time to plan your visit to Victoria and the surrounding areas.
March to May – Beautiful landscapes and the natural scenery B C has to offer make Spring a great time to plan a visit to Victoria. Spring brings many small animals to see as they emerge from hibernation and then there all the plants starting to bloom. Temperatures range from 50 to 65 degrees F gradually warming as the festival season approaches.
June to August – June heralds the start of summer in Victoria and a popular destination for travellers. Minimal rain and warmer weather allow visitors to enjoy biking, hiking or enjoy the many gardens and flowers. Victoria boasts many music festivals with something for every musical taste, blues, folk and of course the Symphony Splash. Film and theatre festivals have prices for hotel rooms on the increase at this busy time of year.
September to November – Hotel room prices drop along with the temperature, time to bundle up as you enjoy your Vancouver Island vacation. Rainfall increases in the Fall so don’t neglect to pack that umbrella when visiting at this time of year. This can be an ideal time to take in the sites as the city settles into a more relaxed and slower pace and there are still festivals like the Classic Boat Festival and the Art of Cocktails.
December to February – Travellers in the off season will find lower hotel prices and many enjoy the prospect of thinner crowds at attractions. Enjoy Christmas shopping as you stroll along streets decorated for the season or a visit to Butchart Gardens that goes all out for Christmas will get you in the holiday mood. The milder winters make Victoria a great destination at this time of year and skiers will find nearby Whistler Village of interest.